Category Archives for "Tips"

January 20, 2014

Benefits of Amazon Music Samples

Benefits of Amazon Music Samples

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 There are so many places on the internet where you can download or purchase CDs of new and old music. However, for me there is only one place that I will buy music from and that is Amazon. I began to use the Amazon Music Store because I was interested in the Free Amazon Music Samples. I continued to use the Amazon Music Store because of the many benefits that Amazon Music Samples offer.  Continue reading

January 19, 2014

Tips on How to Save on Home Repairs

Save on Home Repairs

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As a tenant paying rent to a landlord, I never really thought about how much it costs to maintain a home.  You pay the rent, the electric, water, gas, and trash bills but if something goes wrong, you call the landlord.  Hopefully, the landlord cares about the property and sends a repairman out to fix the problem.

On the other hand, as a homeowner, you not only have to pay the mortgage and utilities, you have to budget and pay for various things which can go wrong.  There’s the faucet or toilet which starts to leak, the garage door or doorbell which mysteriously stops working, the washer which decides it’s not going to make it through the spin cycle without stopping dead in its tracks.  Welcome to home ownership and the repairs associated with it!

These are all things which have happened to our family.  These are things which seem to happen at the most inopportune times.  The trick to save on home repairs is to have a budget for these eventualities.  Each month, we set aside money which is solely dedicated to fixing things around the house.  Sometimes there is enough to fix the problem and sometimes there isn’t.

My husband will admit to anyone that he is not a “fix-it” kind of guy.  As a landlord with multiple properties, he called in the professionals who fixed the problem and sent him a bill.  I’ve teased him over the years about his philosophy of home repairs:  “Who do I write the check to?”

Things like a leaky faucet or toilet are generally a quick fix.  YouTube is a great resource for these basic items.  When our washer stopped mid-cycle, we looked up the problem on the internet by searching the problem along with the model of the machine.  Fortunately, we discovered it was a simple problem which was quickly remedied by following simple instructions given on a website.

The big question is how do you save on home repairs?

First and foremost, determine if it is something you can competently fix.  If it isn’t, then it’s time to call in the professionals.  Be sure the contractor you hire is not only licensed to do the work you require but also bonded and insured.  You want a contractor who will stand behind his work.  You do not want a “fly by night” contractor that is liable to do more harm than good.

Ask friends to recommend professionals they have used.  Once you’ve identified two or three contractors, get written estimates and ask to see their licenses and proof of insurance.  If they are truly professionals, they will have no issue producing this documentation.  In the end, you won’t be sorry and will most assuredly save on repairs because you won’t have to fix what the fly by nighter made a bigger mess of.

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How to Lose Weight by Drinking More Water

Drinking Water to Lose Weight

Tips on how to lose weight by drinking more water.

Does Drinking Water to Lose Weight Works?

Last year when I gave up soda and sugary beverages, I started the Drinking Water to Lose Weight method. Many people have asked over that time how I did it and what was my secret. There isn’t any secret  it is simply understanding how Drinking Water to Lose Weight. It doesn’t require money, fancy equipment, or a lot of time just simple changes in what you are doing. Keep reading below for  simple tips and take advantage of our FREE Printable to help you keep track of the water you drink.

How to lose weight with water

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January 14, 2014

Get Motivated With Music

Get Motivated With Music

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.  

 

 I will be honest and admit that I hate working out. Just the thought of going to the gym or exercise in any form bores me. Some people recommend walking on a treadmill but I would rather go to the dentist. Even walking outside gets boring after a few days because I have seen it all before. My mind constantly needs to be stimulated and it is was very hard for me to find some way of doing that.  Then one day while trying to get work done around the house, I turned on my MP3 player and realized it helped block the random thoughts in my head about what else I could be doing. That is when I knew the only way to get excited about working out was to Get Motivated With Music.

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January 12, 2014

Star Wars Gifts

Star Wars Gifts

Unique Star Wars Gifts Shopping for Star Wars fans young or old can be difficult depending on how old the Star Wars fan is. Shopping for your 2 year old nephew is different than your 35 year old brother or 20 year old sister. With the release of new films and the broadening of the Stars Wars craze, more fans are being converted. Make sure you present Star Wars Gifts at the next party or holiday with our suggestions below. Continue reading

Mineral Oil Uses

Saving Saturday: Mineral Oil Uses

Great uses for Mineral Oil

Here at Madame Deals we love to help you save some money! So this week on our Saving Saturday column we are bringing you Mineral Oil Uses! Mineral Oil can be used for all kinds of things, and can really save you some money on products you don’t need! From beauty uses, to uses around the house, a bottle of Mineral Oil isn’t just for stomach problems anymore! Continue reading